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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old Apr 8th, 20, 1:51 PM Thread Starter
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69 Column-Ignition-Key Issue

Hello All - Hope everyone is doing well.

Parked my 69 in the garage last night. Went to leave this AM and the key will not turn to any position? I've dropped the column, have the steering wheel pulled, etc. The key lock was replaced (previous owner) and has newer lock. I'm unable to rotate the column lock - they key "moves" the rod to the ignition switch on top of the column (which I've removed also). I'm lost as to how to get the column (key release/ theft) unlocked or to rotate and the key to rotate?
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Re: 69 Column-Ignition-Key Issue

Tilt column?

This part has been known to break


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Re: 69 Column-Ignition-Key Issue

If it's a tilt column per Dean's question, here's a diagram that might help visualize where the problem could be.

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Re: 69 Column-Ignition-Key Issue

Sorry - it's a non-tilt column. So I was able to pull the steering wheel, get the cylinder removed (ordered a new one) as it was clunky/junky - probably was the problem. But in my haste of disassembling, I've now got the sector gear out of alignment with the actuator rack when I took off the rod. Easy way to get the rod / sector gear alignment back in sync for proper cylinder install?
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Re: 69 Column-Ignition-Key Issue

It's been a while since I did it (again on a tilt column), but if I recall it was a bit of trial and error. I think you can get it close visually based on the travel of both gears. Once you have your new key cylinder, you can verify that it moves to all of the positions - i.e. start fully rotated clock-wise, accessory fully counter-clock-wise.

Perhaps someone else has a better method.

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Re: 69 Column-Ignition-Key Issue

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Thanks! I'll give these a peruse today!
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post #8 of 8 (permalink) Old Apr 13th, 20, 8:18 AM Thread Starter
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Re: 69 Column-Ignition-Key Issue

Thanks everyone! Ended up being the ignition key cylinder after all. Unfortunately, I seem to have a short in the cancelling cam / horn contact now. I tend to honk turning left and periodically cruising. Always something. Back into it soon.
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